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Support measures for learners in higher education


12.Educational support and guidance

12.5Support measures for learners in higher education

Last update: 27 November 2023

Definition of the target group(s)

  • Students with academic performance

  • Students from disadvantaged socio-economic environments

  • Teachers’ children.

Specific support measures

The general criteria for granting the scholarships and other forms of material support for students from state higher education, with frequency education, are established by Order no. 3392 of 27 February 2017.

Support measures for students with academic performance

Performance-enhancing scholarships awarded from state budget funds are merit and performance scholarships and are awarded to students in state higher education enrolled in higher education programs.

These scholarships are designed to reward students for outstanding academic results or for their engagement in extracurricular and volunteer activities.

Special scholarships can be awarded to students who fall into at least one of the following:

• have achieved outstanding cultural and artistic performances, have achieved outstanding sports performance or for involvement in extracurricular and volunteer activities;

• other situations set by universities through their own regulations.

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance criteria based on the university's own methodology.

Universities can set up internal procedures to provide financial support to students with outstanding outcomes, to participate in conferences or to publish scientific papers.

There may also be granted scholarships for university and postgraduate studies in order to support temporary mobility in universities and institutions in the country and abroad.

Support measures for students from disadvantaged socio-economic environments

The scholarships for financial support for low-income students are: social scholarships and occasional social scholarships.

They are granted from the state budget on request, based on the socio-economic situation of the student's family and on the general criteria established by Order 3392/2017 and on the specific criteria developed according to university’s own methodology.

For social scholarships, there are not required academic criteria, apart from the graduation ones, in the university's own methodologies.

Beneficiaries of social scholarships are:

  • Orphaned students of one or both parents, respectively, for whom the placement has been placed as a protection measure and who do not generate any income over the ceiling for granting the social scholarship.

  • TB patients, students with diabetes, malignancies, serious mal absorption syndromes, chronic renal failure, bronchial asthma, epilepsy, congenital heart disease, chronic hepatitis, glaucoma, serious myopia, immunological diseases, rare diseases, autistic spectrum disorders, haematological diseases (haemophilia, thalassemia, etc.), deafness, cystic fibrosis, those infected with HIV or AIDS, those with locomotive disability, ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatism and any other chronic diseases which university senates can take into account.

  • Students whose family did not earned an average net monthly income per family member during the three months prior to the start of the semester / academic year higher than the minimum net basic salary in the economy.

Social scholarships are granted during the studies until the age of 35.

Students can occasionally receive on request, on the basis of supporting documents, the following types of social scholarships, regardless of whether the student also benefits from another scholarship:

  • The scholarship for occasional social help for clothing and footwear, which can be awarded to students with one or both deceased parents, for whom a placement of protection has been ordered, to socio-economically disadvantaged students whose family did not achieve in the 3 months before applying for this grant, an average monthly net income per family member over the net national minimum salary.

  • An occasional maternity social allowance granted to a student or student whose wife does not earn income at all or income higher than the national minimum net basic salary  and consists of a birth grant and a grant and a scholarship for purchasing the newborn baby's clothing, which is granted only once during the academic year for each child born.

  • The occasional scholarship granted in case of death may be granted for the death of a member of the student's family. By family member is meant husband, wife, child. In the case of the death of the unmarried student (s) married to a non-earning spouse, the scholarship is granted to first-degree relatives / legal successors only once during the academic year.

Support measures for teachers' children

Teachers’ children are exempted from the registration fee for admission in public higher education.